Harrow Borough bow out of FA Cup as Northampton hit six at Sixfields

PUBLISHED: 16:59 05 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:59 05 November 2016

Northampton Town's Marc Richards scored twice in their FA Cup win over Harrow Borough

Northampton Town's Marc Richards scored twice in their FA Cup win over Harrow Borough


Harrow Borough’s FA Cup dreams came to an end as they went down 6-0 to League One promotion contenders Northampton Town in the first round.

Steve Baker’s side gave a good account of themselves against a team four divisions above them – despite conceding twice in the first 11 minutes at Sixfields, where they were cheered on by almost 400 travelling fans.

Borough did actually make a bright start, with Michael Peacock’s header sailing across the box, but they were pegged back as the home side scored from their first two attacks.

Paul Anderson put the Cobblers ahead, rifling an unstoppable drive into the top corner, before skipper Marc Richards tapped home a cross from David Buchanan.

Zander Diamond could have killed Borough off with a third goal soon afterwards, volleying over from close range – yet the visitors kept their heads and began to see more of the ball as the first half wore on.

Their best opportunity to reduce the deficit fell to skipper Marc Charles-Smith, who found space inside the box but his low attempt was saved by Cobblers goalkeeper Adam Smith.

Northampton sent on ex-Wealdstone player John-Joe O’Toole soon after the restart and he supplied the cross for Richards to head home his second of the game, making it 3-0 in the 54th minute.

From then on, it was really a question of keeping the score down and Sam Hoskins hit the crossbar before O’Toole nodded in the Cobblers’ fourth goal midway through the second half.

With his side tiring, Borough goalkeeper Luke Williams made excellent stops to deny Matt Taylor, O’Toole again and JJ Hooper three times from close range.

But he was beaten again eight minutes from time as Taylor’s free-kick crept inside the near post and Hooper scrambled home an untidy sixth in the dying seconds.

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